The Promenade to Trafalgar Wall

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One of the most popular beginners' areas on grit with the fine clean (and slippery) slab of The Promenade, although it is not a good first lead since protection is poor. The classic of Powder Monkey Parade is also worth a go though the polished start up Hollybush Gully is an unholy struggle for most. On the right is a fine clean slab set above an undercut base and split centrally by a prominent wide crack. All the routes are worth doing though many have disproportionately tough starts. As elsewhere on the cliff, polished holds are a problem. In amongst this are some desperate boulder problems tackling the undercut bulging starts.
Approach (see map on page 477) - The area is just left of the point where the approach path arrives at the crag.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Cutting Corners
Traverse out to the arete, a short wide crack and a slabby finish.
 
Graunchy
S
2
The Promenade
A good introduction to grit though the initial slab is unprotected. Climb the left-hand edge of the slab to its crest then...
7 user comments
 
2 Stars
D
3
Promenade Direct
Follow the balancy centre of the slab - unprotected and polished, to easy rock above. Finish right up the short bold arete.
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVD
4
Promarete
A technical left-hand start to the next climb.
 
1 Stars
f6A
5
The Chain
Climb the right arete of the slab directly (5a ) using very polished holds or tough undercutting from below the roof on the...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
S
6
Gritstone Megamix
The highball roof is superb! Small pockets in the roof allow a flake to be reached. Once above the bulges, the rest is easy....
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Strong
f7A
7
HMS Daring
The left-hand side of the hanging arete is even harder - a real wrestling match. The right-hand side is harder again.
 
1 Stars
Technical
f7B+
8
Thing on a Spring
Bounce and extend-a-way up the left wall of the gully.
 
1 Stars
f7A
9
Hollybush Gully
The gully with a jammed boulder at 3m is a fight. The technical grade is a guesstimate - how else do you grade struggles? The...
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Strong
VD
10
Anchor Traverse
A pleasant counter to the ever-popular Powder Monkey Parade. From atop the chock, head left to the arete, step around this and...
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
HS
11
Floating Anarchy
A direct finish up the wall above the middle of the traverse using the big rounded pocket to get started.
1 user comment
 
Strong
HVS
12
Powder Monkey Parade Top 50
From the chock move right onto the arete, swing round the corner (4b, but harder for the short who will have to dangle), then...
24 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
S
13
Oarsman Arete
The right side of the hanging arete. f6C from sitting.
 
1 Stars
f6B+
14
Oarsman
The thin crack in the slab provides technical moves.
1 user comment
 
Technical
f6B+
15
'Oar 'Ouse
A right-facing layaway might get you started - but then again...
 
Technical
f7A
16
Hornblower
Just left of the blunt nose is climbed left and right.
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
f6C
17
Obstructive Pensioner
Use the flakes above the nose and slopers on the left. A right-hand version is of a similar grade.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
f7A+
18
Jumpers for Trousers
Climb through the notch right of the arete if you can.
 
1 Stars
Technical
f7C+
19
Hangover
Bridge the cleft then traverse the break leftwards, passing the arete with difficulty to an easier finish over the bulge on the...
 HVS
20
Admiral's Progress
Progressing up the wide V-chimney is straightforward.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
D
21
Polaris Exit
A more interesting finish to Admiral's Progress moving left past a large block to reach a short chimney. Finish up this.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
D
22
Bulbous Bow
The undercut arete is climbed rapidly on its right side and has a couple of technical moves before easing off.
8 user comments
 f5+
23
Hammock
Tricky moves up the wall left of the crack lead to romping.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
VS
24
Camperdown Crawl
Good climbing up the thin crack and wall above. For the technically proficient a problem start is available on the right at a...
20 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
HS
25
Barnacle Bulge
The thin crack and groove in tandem (climbing just the right-hand fissure is 5a) lead into the base of the wide crack. From...
8 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
HS
26
Trafalgar Crack
A nice route rather spoilt by overuse. From a polished block, climb shelving and unhelpful rock to gain the centre of the ramp...
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
VD
27
Trafalgar Wall Top 50
Access the lowest point of the ramp with difficulty, then climb the delicate slab above. Friends provide adequate protection...
28 user comments
 
2 Stars
S
28
The Long Promenade
A pleasant girdle of this section of the crag from The Promenade to Trafalgar Wall taking the obvious line. Probably best...
 
1 Stars
HS
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